Russell Gardner

+44 (0)20 7280 9203
+44 (0)7831 200 865

Russell has more than 30 years’ experience of dealing with all manner of shipping disputes. His practice has also expanded in recent years to encompass superyacht disputes.

Russell specialises in all areas of contentious dry shipping and superyacht law. His work is global and principally derives on the shipping side from clubs, owners, charterers, ship managers and classification societies. On the superyacht side he is regularly instructed by owners, charterers, brokers and managers, and was instrumental in establishing our office in Monaco.

Although Russell believes that most disputes should be capable of commercial resolution, he has successfully handled many cases in arbitration and court proceedings, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and in a number of courts overseas.

Russell read classics at Oxford University, following which he studied at the College of Law and was admitted as a solicitor in 1984.

  • "THE NICHOLAS H" - which held that a classification society owed no duty of care to the cargo owners when the vessel sank
  • Edmiston -v- Berezovsky - which held that the broker was the effective cause of the sale of the superyacht Darius for €240 million and so entitled to commission
  • Lakatamia -v- Nobu Su - which held that Mr Su was personally liable to pay around $45 million damages arising out of a contract to enter a series of forward freight agreements; during the course of the proceedings the court had also clarified the definition of assets for the purposes of a world-wide freezing injunction

Member of the Law Society
Supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitators Association

Russell Gardner concentrates his practice on superyacht matters including construction contracts and sale and purchase agreements and disputes

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